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Lawmakers gather signatures over MTA cuts

January 26, 2010 2:07:49 PM PST
The uproar over the MTA's proposed bus and subway service cuts is getting louder. New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Councilman James Vacca greeted commuters in Pelham Bay Tuesday. They are gathering signatures to protest the elimination of two bus routes that serve the Bronx, as well as the phasing out of student MetroCards.

The MTA released a list on Friday of restorations of service to subway and bus lines initially cut in the agency's doomsday budget.

The new service revisions are described as "more surgical in nature" than in the doomsday budget, which eliminated two subway lines and dozens of bus routes.

Some bus and subway lines will be truncated, while others will be rerouted.

The new cuts configuration maximizes savings, allowing the agency to restore some bus and subway lines that are heavily used by commuters. The new reduction plan pays greater attention to keeping service where alternate forms of transportation are not available.

The new cuts will be given to MTA board members Friday. They will not go into effect until June at the earliest.

Among the restorations to service will be:

SUBWAY

Subway Reductions/Discontinuations/Station Closings No Longer Under Consideration

  • Reducing service frequencies between 2AM and 5AM from every 20 minutes to every 30 minutes.
  • Reducing off-peak service frequencies on the A and E Saturdays due to relatively high ridership.
  • Discontinuing J, Z skip-stop service and replacing it with all-local J service.

    Subway Reductions/Discontinuations Still Under Consideration
  • Reducing Saturday service frequency on the D, F, G, J, M, N, Q, R from every 8 minutes to every 10 minutes, and Sunday service frequency on the A, D, E, F, G, N, Q, R from every 8 minutes to every 10 minutes, to accommodate ongoing construction work.
  • Reducing midday service frequency on the 1, 7, A, L and evening service frequency on the 1, 7, A, F evenings as part of the revision of off-peak service guidelines.
  • Shorten the G to Court Square at all times (note that this proposal has a new component, increasing service frequency on the G evenings).
  • Extend Q to Astoria and operate N local in Manhattan to replace the W.
  • Eliminate Staten Island Railway (SIR) Baseball Special service.

    Subway Reductions/Discontinuations Being Considered for the First Time
  • Reducing weekend service frequency on the 1 from every 6 minutes to every 8 minutes to accommodate ongoing construction work.
  • Reducing weekend service frequency on the 7, J, L, M* as part of the revision of off-peak service guidelines based on updated ridership information and applying the new off-peak guideline to weekends.
  • Extending V to Metropolitan Avenue to replace M service north of Essex Street and discontinuing M service south of Essex Street. V no longer stops at 2nd Avenue.

    BUS

    Bronx Bus Service

  • Bx4 Discontinuation of all service
  • Bx8 Discontinuation of weekend service
  • Bx10 Discontinuation of overnight service
  • Bx20 Discontinuation of weekday peak-hour service
  • Bx30 Discontinuation of weekend service
  • Bx34 Discontinuation of weekday service (weekend and overnight service will still be discontinued)

    Brooklyn Bus Service

  • B7 Discontinuation of weekend service
  • B14 Discontinuation of overnight service
  • B25 Discontinuation of all service
  • B48 Discontinuation of weekend and overnight service (all service south of Fulton Street would be discontinued as shown below)
  • B57 Discontinuation of weekend service
  • B65 Discontinuation of weekend service
  • B70 Reduction of the span (hours) of service

    Manhattan Bus Service
  • M8 Discontinuation of weekday service (weekend and all overnight service will still be discontinued)
  • M10 Discontinuation of all service (service will still be discontinued south of Columbus Circle)
  • M2, M23, M42, M79, M96, M102, M103, M104 Discontinuation of overnight service

    Queens Bus Service
  • Q26 Discontinuation of weekday peak-hour service
  • Q56 Discontinuation of all service
  • Q84 Discontinuation of all except weekday peak service (restored to 7-day service)

    Staten Island Bus Service

  • S57 Discontinuation of weekend service

    Bus Reductions/Discontinuations Still Under Consideration

    Express Bus Service
  • X25 and X32 Discontinue weekday services due to low ridership, high operating cost, and/or the availability of alternatives
  • X27 and X28 Discontinue weekend services due to low ridership, high operating cost, and/or the availability of alternatives

    Bronx Bus Service
  • Bx18 Discontinue weekend service due to low ridership (in addition to weekday service, a new proposal listed below)
  • Bx20 Discontinue off-peak and Saturday service due to low ridership
  • Bx33 Discontinue weekend service due to low ridership
  • Bx34 Discontinue weekend and overnight service due to low ridership
  • Barretto Park Pool Shuttle Discontinue all service
  • Reduce hours of service on the Bx33 weekdays due to low ridership in the first and/or last hours of service

    Brooklyn Bus Service
  • B13 Discontinue the underutilized and duplicative segment north of Myrtle/Wyckoff station
  • Q24 Discontinue the underutilized and duplicative segment west of Broadway Junction
  • B2 Discontinue weekend service due to low ridership
  • B23 Discontinue all service due to low ridership
  • B24 Discontinue weekend service due to low ridership
  • B39 Discontinue all service due to low ridership
  • B51 Discontinue all service due to low ridership
  • B7 Discontinue overnight service due to low ridership
  • B31 Discontinue overnight service due to low ridership
  • B45 Discontinue overnight service due to low ridership
  • B57 Discontinue overnight service due to low ridership
  • B64 Discontinue overnight service due to low ridership
  • B65 Discontinue overnight service due to low ridership
  • B67 Discontinue overnight service due to low ridership
  • Reduce hours of service on the B2, B9, B11, B13, B16, and B24 weekdays, the B9 Saturdays, and the B9 and B16 Sundays, due to low ridership in the first and/or last hours of service

    Manhattan Bus Service
  • M104 Discontinue service across 42nd Street
  • M8 Discontinue weekend service due to low ridership
  • M18 Discontinue all service due to low ridership
  • M22 Discontinue weekend service due to low ridership
  • M27 Discontinue all service due to low ridership
  • M30 Discontinue all service due to low ridership
  • M50 Discontinue weekend service due to low ridership
  • M1 Discontinue overnight service due to low ridership
  • M8 Discontinue overnight service due to low ridership
  • M16 Discontinue overnight service due to low ridership
  • M22 Discontinue overnight service due to low ridership
  • M50 Discontinue overnight service due to low ridership
  • M66 Discontinue overnight service due to low ridership
  • Reduce hours of service on the M11, M20, and M21 weekdays, and the M20, M100, and M116 Saturdays, due to low ridership in the first and/or last hours of service

    Queens Bus Service
  • Q14 Discontinue weekend service due to low ridership (in addition to weekday service, a new proposal listed below)
  • Q26 Discontinue off-peak service due to low ridership
  • Q31 Discontinue weekend service due to low ridership
  • Q74 Discontinue all service due to low ridership
  • Q75 Discontinue all service due to low ridership
  • Q76 Discontinue weekend service due to low ridership
  • Q79 Discontinue weekend service due to low ridership (in addition to weekday service, a new proposal listed below)
  • Q30 Discontinue overnight service due to low ridership
  • Reduce hours of service on the Q48 Sundays due to low ridership in the first and/or last hours of service

    Staten Island Bus Service
  • S54 Discontinue weekend service due to low ridership
  • S60 Discontinue weekend service due to low ridership (in addition to weekday service, a new proposal listed below)
  • S76 Discontinue weekend service due to low ridership
  • Reduce hours of service on the S54, S57, and S66 weekdays, and the S57 Saturdays and Sundays, due to low ridership in the first and/or last hours of service

    Bus Restructurings

    Below describe the proposed restructuring of bus service in neighborhoods that are still under consideration:

  • Restructure the Bx26, Bx28, and Bx30 in Co-op City to streamline services
  • Restructure bus service on the Lower East Side (M9, M15, M20, and M21) to improve performance and efficiency while providing more direct crosstown service

    Bus Reductions/Discontinuations Being Considered for the First Time Express Bus Service

  • X16, X18, X20, X29, X51, and X90 ? Discontinue weekday services due to low ridership, high operating cost, and/or the availability of alternatives

    Bronx Bus Service
  • Bx18 Discontinue weekday service due to low ridership (in addition to weekend service as originally proposed)
  • Reduce hours of service on the Bx17 weekends, Bx32 weekdays due to low ridership in the first and/or last hours of service

    Brooklyn Bus Service
  • B3 Discontinue the underutilized segment south of Av U/71st St
  • B4 Discontinue the underutilized segment east of Coney Island Avenue
  • B12 Discontinue the duplicative segment east of Alabama Avenue
  • B48 Discontinue the duplicative segment south of Fulton Street
  • B64 Discontinue the duplicative segment south/east of 25th Avenue
  • B71 Discontinue all service due to low ridership

    Reduce span (hours) of service on the B24 weekdays in response to low ridership

    Manhattan Bus Service
  • M10 Discontinue service south of Columbus Circle
  • M22 Discontinue weekday service west of City Hall (in addition to discontinuation of weekday overnight service and weekend service on the entire route as originally proposed)
  • M42 Discontinue the underutilized segment south of 42nd Street to the Javits Center
  • M98 Restructure service and reduce span

    Queens Bus Service
  • Q14 Discontinue weekday service due to low ridership (in addition to discontinuation of weekend service as originally proposed)
  • Q42 Discontinue all service (which currently operates weekdays only) due to low ridership
  • Q79 Discontinue weekday service due to low ridership (in addition to discontinuation of weekend service as originally proposed)

    Staten Island Bus Service
  • S40/90 Discontinue the underutilized segment that serves Howland Hook due to low ridership.
  • S60 Discontinue weekday service due to low ridership and high operating cost (weekend service would continue to be discontinued)
  • S67 Discontinue all service (which currently operates weekday peak-hours only) due to low ridership

    Bus Reductions/Discontinuations Being Considered for the First Time

    Below describe the proposed restructuring of bus service in neighborhoods being proposed for the first time in the 2010 service reduction package:

  • Consolidate X27/37 and X28/38 into single routes serving Downtown and Midtown to improve efficiency.
  • Consolidate X13 and X14 into a single route serving Downtown and Midtown to improve efficiency.
  • Restructure rush hour X1-X9 services in the Hylan Boulevard corridor to reduce duplication and offer more coherent service. Service will be maintained from all neighborhoods in the corridor to both Downtown and Midtown.
  • Restructure the Bx5 and Bx8 in the Eastern Bronx to provide coverage in the Country Club and Pelham Bay neighborhoods to replace the discontinued Bx14 and to improve efficiency.
  • Replace Bx41 service on White Plains Road north of Gun Hill Road by extending the Bx39 to better match capacity and demand.
  • Restructure the Bx15 and Bx55 by discontinuing late evening and weekend Bx55 limited-stop service and improving Bx15 local service as needed.
  • Restructure bus service in Brownstone Brooklyn by combining the B61 and B77 service into a single route operating from Downtown Brooklyn to Park Slope via Red Hook; extending the new B61/B77 to replace the B75 on 9th Street and Prospect Park West; extending the B57 on weekdays to replace the B75 on Court/Smith Streets; combining the B67 and B69 on weekdays on 7th Avenue to maintain B69 service north of Grand Army Plaza; on weekends the B67 is unchanged and the B69 will not operate; and discontinuing the B71.
  • Restructure bus service in Bay Ridge to reroute the B70 replacing the B37 south of Bay Ridge Ave; replace the B8 between Bay Ridge and the VA Hospital with the rerouted B70; and swap the B1 and B64 routes north/west of 13th Avenue/86th Street to better match capacity and demand.
  • Restructure north-south bus service in Manhattan by replacing the discontinued M6 with an extended M5 to South Ferry; streamlining the M1 and M3 to operate on a single north-south alignment with the M2; and discontinuing the M1 weekends south of 106th Street.
  • Restructure S42 and S52 service in New Brighton to reroute the S52 to replace the most productive segment of the S42 (the S42 would be discontinued).

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